Danger! Big rabid skunk killed off Main Street in Madison

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By Patrick Yost, Editor

A skunk killed by two domestic pets on South Main Street had a confirmed case of rabies. According to Madison Animal Control Officer Cindy Wiemann, the dead skunk was found by the property owner last Wednesday on the 300 block of South Main Street.

Wiemann said she was first alerted to the possibility of a rabid skunk after a mutual friend of the property owner and Wiemann shared a picture on Facebook.

Wiemann said she had the friend relay a message to the property owner to contact animal control immediately. The dogs, she said, are both current on their rabies vaccine and pose no threat of contracting rabies.

The skunk was sent to the University of Georgia’s School of Veterinarian Medicine were it was diagnosed positive for the virus. Wiemann warned that if a wild animal is observed acting strangely, people should call Madison Animal Control (706 342 9604) or Morgan County Dispatch (706 342 1200) immediately.

Wiemann said she had learned that the skunk was first identified on Tuesday on Jasper Street but authorities were not advised. “Posting on Facebook is not contacting the proper authorities,” she said. She said she was pleased that the two dogs who attacked and killed the skunk were current on the rabies vaccine and were in no danger.

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